Published: 10:08, June 24, 2024
Paul beats Musetti to win Queen's Club Championships
By Reuters
United States' Tommy Paul celebrates after defeating Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during their men's singles final match at The Queen's Club tennis tournament, in London, on June 23, 2024. (PHOTO / AP)

LONDON - American fifth seed Tommy Paul won his first grasscourt title by beating Italy's Lorenzo Musetti 6-1 7-6(8) in the Queen's Club Championships on Sunday.

The 27-year-old's third career crown will take him above Taylor Fritz in the ATP rankings, making him the highest-ranked American in men's singles.

Paul was dominant in the first set, landing three aces, while Musetti struggled with unforced errors. Paul also broke in the second set and served for the match with a 5-4 lead but Musetti broke back to take the set into a tiebreak.

Italy's Lorenzo Musetti returns against US player Tommy Paul during their men's singles final tennis match on the last day of the Cinch ATP tennis Championships at Queen's Club in west London on June 23, 2024. (PHOTO / AFP)

Musetti, 22, put up a fight in the breaker, saving two match points and carved out a set point but Paul ultimately took the victory in the prolonged battle.

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"I want to congratulate Lorenzo on a good week. He’s been playing amazing tennis," Paul said. "I’m happy to get the win today. I’m happy to share the court with you. This is the perfect way to go to Wimbledon."

Paul, who reached the Wimbledon third round last year, will compete in the Grand Slam, which begins on July 1, for the fifth time.